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Grateful Dead Live at Great American Music Hall on 1975-08-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Great American Music Hall on 1975-08-13

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This show has been commercially released as "One From The Vault"

Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> The Music Never Stopped*, It Must Have Been The Roses, Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Stronger Than Dirt Around & Around, Sugaree, Big River, Crazy Fingers-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sage And Spirit*-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad, U.S. Blues, Blues For Allah

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Great American Music Hall
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard - FM
Lineage Pitch corrected version of FM broadcast


Pitch corrected version of FM broadcast originally seeded by CousinIt by Matt Vernon


Reviewer: mifraidin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2016
Subject: Help>>Slip>>Franklin's
Scintillating. This version is perfect for me.
Reviewer: camaine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2016
Subject: I WAS THERE!
We snuck in the back door of the GAMH and walked down hallways, following the sound of the music. I went through a door and suddenly was standing 5 feet away from Jerry. He gave me a WTF? look right before we jumped off stage into the crowd. After the amazing show, there was an announcement that everyone attending was invited to an after party at the Fairmont Hotel with the band. One of the greatest nights of my life!
Reviewer: Jimmieji1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2016
Subject: Blown away every time
So, an unnamed friend was down on Polk Street (God knows WHAT he was doing down there) and he noticed the marquee on the GAMH. He called Steve & Judy and they barreled on down and got inside. Me, I was down in Tucson with Sharon and the rest of that crew. We heard all about the show within a day or two and Gam showed up a couple weeks later with board tapes!!! Needless to say we were all FUCKING BLOWN AWAY! I still get chicken skin whenever I listen to this one. Can't rate it high enough.
Reviewer: kee-zeee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2015
Subject: Lock, Bolt & Key
Pure Bliss..Buckle and enjoy the ride~!
Reviewer: mprse07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2015
Subject: Interesting nuance to our understanding...
Undoubtedly one of the great shows. Interesting take on it in this article.
Reviewer: deadheadnedwhite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2015
Subject: 40 years ago today
and this show just keeps sounding better and better !!!
Reviewer: peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2015
Subject: Ron Rakow
To answer someone's question below: Bill Graham's intro on the official CD was edited to remove his reference to Ron Rakow because Rakow ripped off Round Records and made off with the money. Phil reports this in his book and that Jerry was heavily troubled by this since Jerry brought Rakow into the fold to run Round Records.

Contrary to the lore that the Dead always blew the big ones (which does have some truth to it), they didn't blow this one. No, it was not a 300,000 person event or anything like that; just a small theater. But with the radio broadcast and the industry execs being invited, the band approached this as a major event for not only Round Records but their new music as well and prepared accordingly. The playing here is just so fine. It's not 73 or 74 anymore and that's OK. The changes in their style are obvious but they are still at the top of the game for a little while longer.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2013
Subject: --
Even before that Blues for Allah encore, I'd give this 5 stars. It's just so *special* - you can tell from the quality and care of the playing, the recording (I myself have One from the Vault and have long listened to this version), Jerry's crystalline guitar - really, it'a all wonderful.

Blues for Allah is best appreciated when you compare it to the number of other times it was "jammed" out like this (zero). This isn't music so much as an extraordinarily vivid sound collage; one of my most treasured tracks in the band's entire history.
Reviewer: Empty_Cup - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2013
Subject: Stream it here
Stream this show here:

it takes a minute or two to download.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2011
Subject: Too Bad this isn't available anymore
I love this show! I have a vinyl copy of OFTV and listen to it often. One of my favourite Help->Slipknot->Franklin's. I don't ususally say a version of a song is my definitive favourite but I may just have to say it about this Eyes. There, I said it.
Reviewer: jvetter18 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2010
Subject: Happy Birthday!
Buy this CD if you don't have it. You will wear it out. I have purchased this at least 5 different times (lost due to college, x-country trips, scratches, etc.). I never regret having a fresh copy of this recording. The Sugaree blows me away. Help Slip Franks is a top 3 all timer. The Other One is short but could be the sweetest. Music Never stopped is unreal. Keith playing his Rhodes and Jerry's fresh licks for that time give the band an energy that wasn't heard in '74. It was pure power. Then there is Phil. Dropping bombs the entire night.

An amazing show. Bravo.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2010
Subject: DA
one the absolute all time best shows ever! how in the hell did they pull this off after hardly playing together all year!? One from the Vault is essential...
Reviewer: khataroo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2009
Subject: This was my first ever Grateful Dead Show
I was 13 years old and what a way to introduce a young child into what became history in the making!
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Music.
I hits a nerve in my soul.
Reviewer: Tie-Dyed Tom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2008
Subject: Beautiful
I remember buying this CD set when it came out. I had, like most aspiring deadheads, been buying every possible studio/officially released tape I could and then, it all switched over to CD. I guess our forefathers also sighed when they switched from 8track or RealXReal. Well, I only bought the newly released stuff on CD... let's see there was that one with the clowns painted on it (hmmmm... without a net?) and then there was that tribute CD that had Dead songs performed by other musicians, with that killer intro of walking through the parking lot! Remember that?!

So, anyway, this was also one of the first CDs I bought. I remember being sort of confused. I have all these tapes (thank you tapers!) and now I'm going to pay more than the cost of a couple of blank Maxell XLsomethings and some of those hand drawn tape inserts that you pick up from some cool cat in the parking lot to buy a show that I already have? Well, I broke down and bought it and it was awesome! We used to hang out in my room in college and play it over and over and over.

Now, as listen to this show again after more than ten years, I'm floored.

Jerry tickles your spine with his fast finger work on King Solomon's Marbles (or what I always thought was called Stronger than Dirt).

Everything is so tight. Sounds so intimate. I can almost imagine myself there. I would love to have been there but, alas, I was still in diapers.
Reviewer: tamedturtle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2006
Subject: i wish i was invited
the introduction help slip frank is incredible and one could say almost perfect i love the goin down the road and the eyes is decent but i have heard way better short other one but not bad one there are few problems with the show but not quite stellar though very close
Reviewer: Toshman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2006
Subject: Talk about feeling it!
Jerry's feeling it, Keith is feeling it and Phil is definitely feeling it. This is as good as they get, out of this world jamming. has come to the rescue and has got this one streaming as I write this. For help capturing streaming audio email me at You cannot do without this show.
Reviewer: ScarletTouchFire - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2006
Seriously, it is! I along with everyone else here has listened to 1000's of hours of GD and very few shows are as phenominal as this one is. Please understand, this is NOT your mother's Greatful Dead. This is NOT a loosy goosy show at the Frost circa 85. This is tight, well rehearsed Grateful Dead, and they absolutely deliver the knockout punch. As an amateur guitarist/pianist i think this show really shows what masterful musicians they were. That Help/Slip is a VERY complicated piece of music and not only do they nail it, but it sounds like theyre in the STUDIO! the fact that this is a LIVE performance makes it all the more amazing. Also, this show also shows how peaked they were in terms of CREATING music. I mean, no offense to the newer stuff, but i was AT the first Foolish Heart/Victim show, and it was like "huh, yeah, this is pretty good stuff" You can hear through the Board on this show that people at this show were ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY by the Help/Slip/Frank. This was the first fully complete version, with lyrics and people were in awe! This is how amazing of a band they were back then. That the "new stuff" was knocking people off thier seats! I would love to hear from a few people who were at this show and what thier impression was.
WITH ALL THIS BEING SAID, lets get down to facts: Arguably the BEST Help/Slip/Frank they ever did (Downs of Santa Fe; 83?...Buffalo 77??) BUT what alot of people DONT talk about is the ROUND N' ROUND. I challange ANYONE to find a better version of this song. It is absolutely brilliant with Jerry and Keith playing there faces off. This version really shows what a great swing band they could be! Oh and by the way, the sound quality is top notch, and Kieth is playing flawlessly and is getting INCREDIBLE sound out of his keyboard (moog?) I love that 1 lingering note that he hits right as the end of Slip Knot starts to kick in (you know the one i mean!) out
Reviewer: GrapefruitHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2005
Subject: WOW
Forget about the intimate setting - this feels like your in a gargage with these guys.
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2005
Subject: Amazing
This show truly is one of the best I've heard. Slipknot is awesome. All of this material is extremely Chick Corea influenced. Keith is playing an electric piano (sounds like a rhodes) and playing it incredibly. Jerry's gets a cool effect with his fuzz tone making it sound like a sax (solo on slipknot). This really is a cool show and it also presents a different side of the Dead. Its really experiment and nothing like what they were doing just a year earlier.
Reviewer: Buckhorse - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Subject: Goose Bumps
Front to back, this show makes the hair on my arms stand at attention. If you asked me to pick a gem out of this masterpiece, it'd be like asking which of your children is your favorite... but if you put a gun to my head, I'd say hands down it's the Crazy Fingers. The whole gang had some pent up magic that was itchin to be released this night. Download this show before you take another breath. It's soft, strong, sweet and true.
Reviewer: dq - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2005
Subject: beyond description
I've actually had a cassette of this show in my truck for years and didn't know what it was. The tape just had a handwritten "Grateful Dead" without other details. Have listened to it over and over and over again. Possibly my favorite tape, wearing out and now I know when it came from! Great!!!
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2005
Subject: Dead 101
For those of you new to The Dead, this is a show that will lead to your acceptance of The Grateful Dead as your lord and savior... well maybe not THAT much but at least The Dead will become one of your all time favorite bands! Officially released or otherwise, it should be a permanent entry in any discerning deadhead's music library.
I proudly and humbly submit a rating of Multiple Stars&Skulls.
Reviewer: augustwestnj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2005
Subject: A Classic
One of my first boots back in 1978. Was going to college in Colorado and loved skiing to this. If you want it is for sale thru GDM. Though a different type of show, as good and as classic as Barton. A must have for any collector. Nearly perfect.
Reviewer: Mikesflow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2005
Subject: this is a great one
yep, this is "one from the vault", the very first of the vault series released. and its a fantastic show from start to finish. i really can't say enough. the highlights for me are the "eyes", and basically the whole 2nd set from "sugaree" > "sage and spirit". the opening of "the other one" coming out of "drums" is perfection; gives me chills. i have listened to this show many times. its worth getting the official release.
Reviewer: sarraqum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: Perfection + +...............+
This is PERFECT. No doubt about it. The sound quality hits you the second Bill starts to introduce the band, and the intro is just cool with everyone joining in Help Is On The Way after their name is called.
The set itself is also perfect. 11 Stars. Eyes Of The World rocks. Most definately one of those shows you must, Must, MUST have!
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2005
Subject: speechless
Freakin sweet show!!! Other One Jam is out of this world!!!! Crazy Fingers is beautiful!
Reviewer: funkeymonkey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2005
Subject: Surprised no one pointed this out yet but ; )
This is the first time that The Music Never Stopped was performed live!
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2005
Subject: One From the Vault
This is a great show, but it was also released in 1991 as "One from the Vault" as a two-CD set. If you want to support the Dead, it's worth buying.

In the album notes, Dan Healy writes "When we completed the recording and mixing of the "Blues for Allah" studio album at Weir's studio, whcih this album was the maiden voyage for, we gathered up our instruments and equipment and moved to the Great American Music Hall. The idea was to perform live to the world, for the first time, "Blues for Allah" in celebration of not only the completion of the album but also the beginning of Grateful Dead Records...This represents the beginning of the release of the vault tapes."
Reviewer: crazyotto73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2005
Subject: One From The Vault
This show is freakin awsome! Although they didn't play many shows at all in '75, this one makes up for it. One of the best shows I own. The Help on the way/Slipknot!>Franklin's tower is PERFECT. The setlist is pretty strange and quite rare for the Dead, they're playing all their new "Blues for Allah" material. Bill Grahm's intro is tight esp. when he announces "Mr. Phillip Lesh" and Phil jumps in on the intro to Help on the way. Everyones playing is amazing. Released as One From the Vault in 1991. A must have show for ANY dead fan!!
Reviewer: MrH59centralcali - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2005
Subject: Great show/Correst track List
This is a great show, as all have said. Track 6 on disk one is bothe musta bean daroses and aiz of dawurld, so all following tracks move up one (9 total tracks for disk one). I'm lovin this download.
Reviewer: Grapefruit Fred - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2005
Subject: Make Believe Ballroom
To Thanksgiving78: This is the Make Believe Ballroom boot that you asked about. A friend had the vinyl copy which he recorded onto cassette for me. Even the poor sound quality of that recording could do nothing to diminish the beauty of the music. This has long been one of my favorites. As for the show, I can't add much to what has already been said in previous reviews. The sound of this copy is pretty good. Weather this copy or the official release,which for obvious reasons, has impeccable sound, this show is a MUST HAVE!!!! 5 stars not enough!!!!!

Reviewer: Thanksgiving78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2005
Was this the show that was released as a vinyl bootleg "Live From the Make Believe Ballroom" back in the day? Sound quality on my scratchy old vinyl was good enough to hear Bobby say, "Something's on fire back there and I don't wanna know what," right before Music Never Stopped. If this is that show, I remember the "Eyes" being one of my favorites.
Reviewer: redsox87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2005
Subject: This is it my friend................
Stellar sound. A+...........You want this one. Stop searching for the perfect show of '75. This is it!! Now I undrstand the difference between th 75-79 era and the 80's. Crisp, clear, sweet.
Reviewer: wejustride - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2005
Subject: no title
Just as a frame of reference, the boys play drums in both sets this night. (...) (...) (...)
Reviewer: tjslax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2005
Subject: Finally!
This is the show I was listening to in my dorm when..."I got it!". A few years later the first CD from one from the Vault was stolen along with every Bob Dylan album he had released at that point. I had been unable to find it again...not even checking here because I thought I couldn't get it (the band had released it already). Surprise!!!! It's here and I will listen to this show until my CD player will no longer recogize the disc any longer...then I will may another copy. My first born child will inherit (?SP?) this show when I die!
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2005
Subject: Question
How is it possible that this is on the archive?

I thought if a show was released by the band, only AUD recordings could be posted?

Just wondering...

Oh, about the show... anyone who has been into the Dead for more than two minutes knows what this show is all about. This is definitely one of the answers to the "If you were stranded on an island" question. If you don't already have the Vault release, you'd be crazy to pass this one up! I agree with everyone here that five stars is simply not enough for this masterpiece.
Reviewer: SweetPea_Humbee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2005
Subject: OMG!!!!
this is amaizing!! as if recoreded in a studio with the audience dubbed over,.. some secret CIA stuff, maybe? NAW! IT'S THE LIVE DEAD!! everything is so on in this show it sounds as if the boys will actualy transcend, levitating to nirvana... u need this show!
Reviewer: peter_leslie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Great American Music, indeed!
Could a venue be more appropriately named for a band that has single-handedly filled half my hard drive? With shows like this, I am beginning to worry that I may never get around to listening to them all. I am submitting this review hoping that the sheer number of postings will encourage more people to check it out. There are not enough superlatives to describe this show. Get it and come up with a few new ones of your own.
Reviewer: demaliks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2004
Subject: holy hand grenade
this is my favorite show everything is perfect
i have the version they taped off the board onto
16 trak ampex then made digital
tis great it clips hard once on blues for allah
i'd like to get ahold of the master
heh heh ya right
this is a must have 11 out of 5 stars
quit reading this and get it now
this is a direct order
Reviewer: RONZNOIZE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: aaaahhhhh!grateful dead.
i think this was the first live grateful dead i ever heard(except for the live version of lovelight on best of).....and man after a week of listening to it i knew every note. crazy fingers->drums is my fav. of all time.

ya know....i love you guys @ the archive but 5 stars just isn't enough for some of theese shows

11 stars
dl this show then buy 2 of the vault releasees just to help support 4 of the coolest multi millionaires on the planet.
Reviewer: SleepInsideYou - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2004
Subject: Amazing...
It starts out a little loose on Help On the Way (understandably so since the material was new) but by the time it gets to Slipknot! the band pulls it together and they just jam from their on. Awesome jammed out versions of these songs. If you like Blues For Allah, you'll LOVE this. Download this show! It's kind of like having a Blues For Allah+ and you get a few extra songs too. Again, it's pretty awesome!
Reviewer: StringCheeseIncidentNumero1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2004
Subject: great american music hall
was not at the show but discovered it and wow ;)

ive seen a show at this venue and i know what goes on in there, theres energy runnin all throughout the dance floor running up around to the balcony's

and phils been there a few times he jammed franklins tower with umphrey's mcgee :) haah peace
Reviewer: smh1971 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2004
Subject: Mmmmmmm :)
Call me crazy, but until now I've had an old hissy analog of this show long since misplaced and this download completes my 75 collection. I've heard the officially released cd plenty of times from diff ppl's cd's and of course it sounds just exactly perfect but this fm stands tall, nice and crispy with Phil mixed real nice. The show itself, its worth repeating, is just exactly perfect! :)
Reviewer: Steinbergerman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: Thanks to Ron Rakow
Always found it odd that Healy et al. edited out Bill Graham's comments about Ron Rakow from the Vault release. Bad blood there?
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2004
Subject: simply put....
Music to my ears.

Keep the archive alive, as well as the music.
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2004
Subject: yes! and it counts
Love it...c'est magnifique. Correct note about the song order after roses, took me a few minutes to decipher as well since I did not see the note right away.
Reviewer: MarkStar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2004
Subject: Incredible
I love the sound of this copy. Even though One from the Vault is the ultimate copy of the show...this version has a raw feel that is a great compliment to the 1ftVault release. Phil sounds wonderful on this mix. Although a bit flatter in sound, it's really cool to listen to this version.
Reviewer: timblor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2004
Subject: Just buy the Vault release....
This is a great show no doubt, but I wouldn't bother downloading this. Instead, buy the vault release that is lovelingly re-mastered (and remixed) and is stunning to listen to.
Reviewer: rodzu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Great concert -- NOTE: TRACKING OFF
Excellent quality. Note that both Roses and Eyes of the World are in Disk 1, Track 6. Concert ends with Blues for Allah. Text file has song order correct, but EOTW is at the end of track 6, not track 7. All track numbers are one off from there down.
Reviewer: corester - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2004
Subject: 1 of THE ALL TIME BEST
Haven't listened to the show yet But anyone who was LUCKY ENOUGH to be there knows just how GRATE this show was! Lost my copy years ago and never thought I would hear it again. Now I can REST in PEACE. Thank all of you "FOR A REAL GOOD TIME"
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